November 29, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Ari Rubenstein, a "Star Trek" fan who counts physics as a hobby, wants to boldly go where Wall Street has never gone before: the speed of light. Rubenstein heads Strike Technologies, a New York company that's part of a budding cottage industry racing to build networks of ultra-fast microwave radio transmitters linking the world's financial hubs. It could be the final frontier in the financial industry's tech arms race as the fastest traders scramble to get even faster, and as regulators mull over ways to prevent technology breakdowns on Wall Street.
November 23, 2013 |
Keaton Row has added a new twist to online shopping. The website, created by Harvard Business School graduates Cheryl Han and Elenor Mak, pairs shoppers with fashion advisors from all over the country, based on a personal style Q&A given to each new member who signs onto the site. Think online dating but with a refreshed and personalized wardrobe, not a first date, as the goal. "What we realized is that people want a back-to-basics, personal touch when shopping online," Han says.
November 22, 2013 |
On a balmy midsummer evening at Griffith Park, a game of TV cops and mobsters is afoot. Guns are holstered, trench coats are cinched and bruises are being smudged onto actors. And then, in mock dramatic fashion, Frank Darabont steps out of the shadows on the set of his 1940s L.A. noir drama "Mob City" and lights a cigarette. "Time to play," said the 54-year-old writer and executive producer of the upcoming series, which premieres Dec. 4 on TNT. "We want people to dig this show.
November 20, 2013 |
USC VS. WEST ALABAMA When: 7. Where: Galen Center. On the air: TV: Pac-12 Networks; Radio: 710. Records: USC 3-1; West Alabama 0-2. Update: Guard Byron Wesley has scored 22 and 31 points in USC's last two wins. He has scored in double figures in all four games and is also averaging nine rebounds. The status of senior guard J.T. Terrell is not known. Terrell started USC's opener and scored a team-high 20 points against Utah State. He hasn't started again and didn't play against Cal State Fullerton.
November 19, 2013 |
Fox Sports has promoted Jeff Krolik to president of its regional networks unit. Krolik, who had served as executive vice president of Fox Sports Regional Networks, will oversee 22 regional sports networks including Prime Ticket and Fox Sports West in Los Angeles. He also will be responsible for Fox Deportes, a Spanish-language network. The promotion of Krolik comes in the wake of the departure of Fox Sports co-President Randy Freers , who last month became president and chief operating officer of the Fox Networks Group, the 21st Century unit that houses the media giant's broadcast and cable properties. Krolik, who reports to Fox Sports President Eric Shanks, joined the company in 2007.
November 18, 2013
Petula Clark was a frequent guest on musical variety shows as well as the star of her own network specials. "The Dean Martin Show" Clark was one of Dino's favorite musical partners, appearing 10 times on his NBC show. "Petula" The legendary Harry Belafonte was Clark's guest on her 1968 NBC musical variety-special. "The Ed Sullivan Show" Clark performed her hits in the 1960s on the long-running CBS series.
November 18, 2013 |
Stanford neuroscientists have for the first time traced how three brain networks mediate the mind's internal focus and its processing of stimuli from the outside world. By stimulating neurons with electromagnets, the researchers demonstrated how the brain's executive and salience networks -- crucial for cognition and decision-making --- inhibit the default mode network, which centers on self-directed processes such as introspection, recall and rumination. “As you engage in any task that's attention demanding, you activate these outside world networks - the executive and salience network - and you de-activate or turn down the default mode network,” said Stanford neuroscientist and psychiatrist Dr. Amit Etkin, lead author of the study published online Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
November 18, 2013 |
Maria Bartiromo, a groundbreaking financial reporter who helped put the cable news channel CNBC on the map, is jumping to rival Fox Business Network. Bartiromo, who first made a name for herself by reporting live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, will be reunited with her old CNBC boss Roger Ailes, who now runs the Fox News empire. The departure of Bartiromo, who hosted CNBC's afternoon show "Closing Bell," is a major loss for the cable channel. The reporter, who was initially known as the "money honey" when she first rose to prominence, is still one of CNBC's most popular personalities.
November 15, 2013 |
"Anyone who writes about Druids and mysteriously coordinated landscapes," Graham Robb admits, "must expect to be treated with suspicion. " Indeed, although the Druids were the learned elite of the ancient Celts, they are better known today as the inspiration for such flaky goings on as the gathering at Stonehenge of ersatz Druids in white robes celebrating the summer solstice. (Stonehenge actually antedates the Druids by millenniums.) They seem an odd subject for the critically praised biographer of Balzac, Hugo and Rimbaud, a historian whose previous works seldom look back further than the French Revolution.
November 9, 2013 |
Television has a split image: one by day and another by night. In the daytime, blacks and other people of color are a prominent presence, hosting popular talk shows and playing juicy roles in soap operas. But at night, minorities are largely sidelined, with white performers holding most of the marquee roles. The industry's Jekyll-and-Hyde approach to diversity is underscored by the controversy engulfing NBC's "Saturday Night Live. " The sketch comedy series came under fire from within its own ranks and from outside observers who decried the show's long-standing lack of ethnic diversity.